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Welcome to 2013

Happy New Year to all – our Winter days can be brightened by indoor flower arrangements especially when the bouquet has been given by a well wisher as a token of friendship.

While we look forward to the floral joys of Spring our churches and homes are decorated by those who love flowers and our lives are cheered through the darker days.

The Priory interior was enhanced at the Midnight Mass by the special coloured lighting bathing the ancient walls.  The cost was donated in memory of Shiela Furnell’s faithful service to the Priory community during her lifetime.

January events are as follows:

  • Tuesday 15th  – Pram Service in the Priory
  • Wednesday 16th – Messy Church 4:00 pm – for people of all ages to share worship, craft activities, food and friendship.
  • Friday 18th – Dementia Support Group – 2:00 pm at Chews House.
  • Sunday 27th – 3:30 pm in the Priory – for those who have suffered peri-natal bereavement.

Ray Bryant

Happy new year

Winter – Flowering Mahonia

Wow! It’s a brand new Year with all those blank pages in the diary staring at us and daring us to take up some new challenges for 2012.

As seen above, not all shrubs and plants wait for the Spring or Summer to show off their blooms.  Some are hardy enough to brave the cold winds and frosty air and throw out their bright blossoms to cheer our spirits if we have eyes to notice them.  Winter Jasmin is another species that has blossomed over my garden shed for many years giving us joy from October to late January.

January Flower

So far in the first month of the Year the Junior Church has enjoyed their party with the time honoured games of Pass the Parcel, Statues etc and been provided with splendid quantities of sandwiches, cakes and, of  course, jelly and ice cream. That was on Sunday afternoon the 8th in the Parish Hall and it was much enjoyed by both pupils and teachers and catering helpers, though I expect the adults were later thankful for the relief from the afternoon decibel count!

Mothers Union have their first branch meeting of the year on Tuesday 10th and on Thursday 12th Priory Ladies have their New Year Dinner.

On a more reflective note two bible study groups will hold their monthly meetings at 3 pm on Mon 16 January (61 Group) and BRF on Thursday 19 January.

A Rainbow Service for those who have suffered peri-natal bereavement is to be held at 3:30 pm on Sunday 22 January.

On the same day at 6:30 pm the Priory will host the Dunstable Churches Together United Service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

This is an opportunity to meet fellow Christians from other Churches in the town.

Priory charity giving for 2012 will be for two national charities and three local charities.  These are as follows:

  • USPG – an Anglican mission agency specialising in leadership development and health work.
  • Alzheimer’s Society – which works to improve the quality of life of people effected by dementia in the UK.

Local charities are:

  • The Hayward Club provides social and computer learning activities to its members.
  • Homestart UK has provided family support work in Dunstable for the last five years.
  • Keech Hospice Care for adults and children in Luton, Bedfordshire, Hertford and Milton Keynes.

In addition Lent collections will be made for Dunstable Street Pastors and the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal.

News on the income side of life is that the Christmas Fair held at the year end brought in the helpful sum of £1924 for parish funds. Thanks to all who worked and contributed to the effort.

Vanessa Bradley is a trainee Reader from the parish of All Saints, Luton and will begin a four week placement at the Priory from the 8 January. We welcome her participation in our worship and some mid-week activities, and wish her every blessing in her proposed future ministry.

Ray Bryant

SUN, Mar 18, 2018